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PAVEMENT REPLACEMENT WORK ON INTERSTATE 8 UPDATE PROJECT IN IMPERIAL COUNTY
TRAFFIC DELAYS AND DETOURS

Caltrans crews continue work on the Interstate 8 (I-8) Update Project in Imperial County, from State Route 111 (SR-111) to the California/Arizona border.  Lane closures and traffic detours for three separate segments along I-8 may cause significant delays as motorists travel between California and Arizona. Signage will be posted alerting motorists of the work and associated detours. Motorists traveling in Imperial County east of El Centro are urged to plan ahead. 

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15 August 2016
Latest news from the American Sand Association

isdra decisionA Win for OHV!!

In what many are calling a huge victory for the OHV Community, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Imperial Sand Dunes RAMP, which in 2014 reopened thousands of acres of dunes to OHV recreation, can remain in place as-is.

In a unanimous opinion, the three-judge federal court panel rejected plaintiffs' claims that BLM's decision to open additional land to OHV use violated the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. The panel held that impacts to the federally-threatened Peirson’s milkvetch did not require an “incidental take” statement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In addition, the panel held that BLM did not act arbitrarily or capriciously when determined that reopening the previously-closed dune areas would not cause an increase in air quality impacts, such as dust.

Unless Anti-access groups want to expend an exorbitant amount of resources on a full 9th Circuit Court hearing and/or appeal to the Supreme Court, the validity of the ISDRA RAMP is confirmed.

The Anti-access group’s only viable option now is to have one or more species in the dunes declared threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. So we must continue our vigilance in protecting our right to motorized recreation at the Imperial Sand Dunes.

Throughout the El Centro Field Office management area, we are seeing a tremendous amount of youth riders and want to ensure they and their parents understand the rules for operating OHVs so that they are safe and can meet legal requirements if contacted by law enforcement.  

California Vehicle Code section 38503 states that anyone under 18 operating an ATV shall either: 1) currently be taking a safety course under supervision; 2) are in possession of an ATV safety certificate; or 3) under the supervision of an adult who is in possession of an ATV certificate.  Additionally, those under 14 must always be under the supervision of an adult and must either: 1) possess an ATV safety certificate or; 2) the adult must possess an ATV certificate. 

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Order your ISDRA 2016-2017 season permit from the ASAISDRA Season Permits available now!

Remember that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every permit benefits the ASA, so please buy them from us!

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NOTE: The seasonal permit is now a non-transferable sticker.

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